Lie in Wait: A dark and gripping crime thriller Paperback – 9 Mar 2017
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This is an exciting, twisty read that had me hooked from the first page. The characters are unbelievably unreliable which for me, made for a gripping read - I was never quite sure who I wanted to trust, and who was leading me on a merry dance. Combine that with the realisation that ACTUALLY, I had got the characters wrong and my theory about the plot was completely wrong, and basically I HAD EVERYTHING WRONG and this makes for a brilliant summer read Source: Lisa Hall
Lie in Wait is a dark thriller, extremely cleverly plotted by the author. G. J. Minett is a very clever writer with a natural ability to tell a story that the reader won't forget in a hurry. Long after you have turned the last page you will still be thinking about Lie in Wait and the complex characters he introduces you to in this dark and twisted journey of a book. A great read, this book will keep you turning the pages long into the night Source: Nudge Books
It's the central character of Owen that really stands out. He's nuanced, with a fully realised range of emotions that underlie each situation he finds himself in. Whether it's arguing with the mysterious 'Willie', or falling over himself to please Abi, Owen's actions never fail to move you...With 'Lie In Wait', Minett has again shown that he can craft a clever tale that will keep even die-hard fans of the genre guessing Source: If These Books Could Talk
'G. J. Minett is one of my new favorite authors! The Hidden Legacy and Lie in Wait are most definitely must read books! Very intriguing and clever!' Source: Loud and Proud Book Junkie
'Complicated. Devious. Conversational....the opening chapter - just like 'The Hidden Legacy' - is superb. Gripping, baffling, a little chilling. Intriguing characters, a clever plot and another gripping opening. I shall look forward to book three!' Source: Buried Under Books
What a gripping novel...an intriguing story with the topics as autism, friendship, love and betrayal. Only at the end did I grasp the fullness of what happened and came to understand how the different characters' influences were necessary for the storyline. Lie in Wait is a well-written and cleverly plotted thriller with a disturbing but also moving undercurrent. Source: Bits About Books
well written and enjoyed reading the different narratives as they each bring a unique voice to the story. Source: Charlene Jess
In a game of cat and mouse, all of the traps are set to catch the murderer and it's an absolutely brilliant game that is played in Lie In Wait. I was so sure that I knew what had happened but I had completely walked past all of the clues, such is the clever style of G.J. Minett's writing....only now, a few days after I have read it, do I realise how very good Lie in Wait actually is. Source: The Book Magnet
What a gripping novel! Only at the end did I grasp the fullness of what happened and came to understand how the different characters' influences were necessary for the storyline. Lie in Wait is a well-written and cleverly plotted thriller with a disturbing but also moving undercurrent. Source: Bits About Books
Graham Minett offers a dark, gripping, ingeniously-plotted thriller with the publication in paperback of Lie In Wait. Source: Chichester observer
Vividly imagined and ingeniously plotted, LIE IN WAIT is GJ Minett's stunning follow-up to the bestselling and acclaimed THE HIDDEN LEGACYSee all Product description
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First of all I have to admit when I started this book I had no preconception of what to expect from this novel. I really enjoyed the author's clear and vivid style of writing, his complex plot, but most of all the wide cast of characters, and how he manages to keep track of all of them…as they all play a part in this jigsaw puzzle. I'm am not quite sure how Minett managed to write a story with so many different characters, their own secrets, and various sub plots that all weave a complex tale of crime, murder, mystery and suspense.
I have to be honest and say I found myself keeping track of the numerous many characters at the beginning of the novel, so I could follow it totally. But this is not a complicated book to read. The author provides clear headings at the start of each chapter, titled either “Now” or “Earlier”, and the date, and then the name of the character we are now following. I found this extremely helpful when I first started reading the book, until I got to know the characters better. This method actually assisted me in following the chronological activity and allowed me to try to put the clues together to solve this jigsaw puzzle…but I was wrong!
The main character Owen Hall, the protagonist is pathologically shy, a special needs on the autistic spectrum, lack of social skills and a victim of bullies throughout his life. He used to be an ugly duckling but now he is a tall stud who works in the landscaping business. Owen is obsessed with numbers, and reduces any situation into a sum, the answer to proceed or not with his next action.
Abi, one of the female protagonists, knew Owen in school, and was one of the few people that was nice to him. Abi hires Owen to design and landscape her garden but Owen discovers she is now married to Callum who also went to school with Owen and was one of the bullies in the group that picked on him.
When a murder occurs in the community what appears to be a straight forward crime turns out to be a far more complex one.
And Owen is a suspect…but not the only suspect. There are a few, but everything is based on circumstantial evidence! DI Holloway from the Major Crime Team is assigned to be in charge of this high profile case. Holloway feels Owen is being setup…but he needs answers.
This is a dark crime thriller by an experienced author that can write from the standpoint of several different characters with such consistency throughout the entire novel. Everything is tied together!
An excellent read!
Many thanks to Bonnier Zaffre for providing me with an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Chapters are entitled with the name of the character that features most prominently in them and the story is progressed from their point of view. Initially there are a fair few characters to get your head around, so this method helps there, but you so have to keep your concentration levels high to keep your eye on the ball. But that falls away somewhere in the middle of the book and I found that everything was much easier from that viewpoint. The characters are, without exception interesting. Redeeming features and faults are both present and as things progress, you learn more about each one.
Towards the end of the book, the whodunit side of things is pretty well sorted and you discover who the killer is. But from thereon in, the questions are will he/she be caught and will someone else be blamed. Obviously, I won't tell you.
But all in all, a good, down to earth crime novel, which this reader really enjoyed.
The story begins with socially awkward Owen Hall, who’s better with numbers than he is with people, as he drives through Bognor with the mysterious Julie. As they stop at a petrol station Julie vanishes, and Owen’s nightmare begins. Quick to report the incident to the police, Owen soon finds himself in the frame for a brutal murder.
We go on to meet Owen’s childhood crush Abi, her arrogant bully of a husband Callum, and a whole host of other wonderfully drawn characters (my personal fave was gangster Cunningham). The author switches between narratives effortlessly and pulls the threads together in a master class of ingenious plotting. I tried to guess, several times, as to where the story would end up but a couple of clever twists later and I was scratching my head all over again.
Dark, clever and totally addictive, I raced through Lie In Wait and am already waiting impatiently for Minett’s next offering.
The main character is Owen Hall and the story revolves around his obsession with Abi Green. There's mystery and murder for DI Andy Holloway and his DS Horgan to fathom out. I won't go into the story as I don't want to give spoilers.
I enjoyed reading this book so much that I was quite disappointed when I reached the end. I would recommend.
Owen Hall drives into a petrol station, drops off his passenger and waits whilst she goes and uses
the facilities, then she promptly disappears.
Poor Owen, being a bit on the slow side, and a nervous stammerer to boot, is an easy prey
for the police and their interrogations.
But as the story unfolds more characters are brought into the equation, and a murder steps up
Seen through the eyes of each character, it builds to a fascinating set of opinions to who did
what and when.
And through Owen's eyes and the strange workings of his mind, it's a real page turner with a
And THAT ending!
It just adds the cherry to the top of this delightful little thriller.